fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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'Minimum focus distance of just 3 cm'
'Length of lens 56 mm'

Huh?
Typo?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 02:48 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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samfan: Foveon ftw.

I really don't understand what's all the excitement about bayer filtering. Sure it was a nice idea but it should've been replaced with something like Foveon ages ago. It hasn't only because it's the cheapest and simplest hardware solution.

Software solutions are cheap, so all those inherent problems such as low color resolution, aliasing and all that can be done outside of the sensor.

No, bayer filtering is not good. You appreciate it only if you've not seen anything better. Foveon provides better resolution and no aliasing. Native b&w sensors such as in Leica M mono blow bayer out of the water with monochromatic resolution and sensitivity.

Let's call it what it is. Bayer filtering is nothing but a compromise between affordability and acceptable quality. It made it possible to produce color cameras in mass quantity and I guess the idea itself is kind of genius but it's outdated as hell.

(And yes I know Foveon has its own problems. I still prefer that kind of solution.)

@mgrum
'Can you explain how "lighting subjects adequately" would help with the need to shoot the milky way at ISO 3200? '

How about celestial tracking devices to eliminate light trails?

'Or F1 cars racing on a street circuit at night?'

Have you ever heard of motion panning to freeze a fast moving subject?

'The idea that higher ISOs are only necessary because people are too lazy to light things properly is incredibly narrow minded.'

Your comment only serves as an example of how basic first year photographic student techniques are being disregarded because of an expectation that the camera is going to do all work instead of the photographer.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
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samfan: Foveon ftw.

I really don't understand what's all the excitement about bayer filtering. Sure it was a nice idea but it should've been replaced with something like Foveon ages ago. It hasn't only because it's the cheapest and simplest hardware solution.

Software solutions are cheap, so all those inherent problems such as low color resolution, aliasing and all that can be done outside of the sensor.

No, bayer filtering is not good. You appreciate it only if you've not seen anything better. Foveon provides better resolution and no aliasing. Native b&w sensors such as in Leica M mono blow bayer out of the water with monochromatic resolution and sensitivity.

Let's call it what it is. Bayer filtering is nothing but a compromise between affordability and acceptable quality. It made it possible to produce color cameras in mass quantity and I guess the idea itself is kind of genius but it's outdated as hell.

(And yes I know Foveon has its own problems. I still prefer that kind of solution.)

'So we can all go back to being limited to ISO400 *and lighting our subjects adequately* like the film days?'

I fixed that for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 04:06 UTC
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Class A: The title should start "Thinking about buying a crop medium format camera?". However, that would be admitting that the current baby-MF format cameras do not have sensors of the size of what traditionally has been referred to as "MF".

Of course, companies like Fuji like the idea of "MF" not referring to a particular size, but there is no denying that film cameras like the Pentax 645 had a much bigger image format and that the current baby-MF sensors that are hardly worth having over a standard FF (135mm format) camera.

@ Leandros 'I believe the only options for "real 645"'

What about all the 645 film cameras that can be purchased for a couple hundred bucks? Are they not 'real' cameras anymore?

@ quietrich 'Medium format has never referred to a particular size - just roll-film rather than 135.'

What 5" roll film? Is that medium format as well?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/KODAK-5in-x-350ft-AEROGRAPHIC-DUPLICATING-B-W-ROLL-FILM-2421-126mmx107m-4x5-7-/140618198291#vi-content?afsrc=1&rmvSB=true

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On causality in landscape photography (108 comments in total)
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(unknown member): You see "imagined causality" used in street photography a lot.

Interesting choice of words for this write up Erez :)

It was taught to me as 'implied line'.
ie. presenting relationships between visually disconnected elements in order to draw the eye from one to the other, and (hopefully) tell a story.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: I am disappointed.

Pentax K-1 is a quarter of the price, but delivers much better results.

Compare the K-1 on pixel shift w/ low ISO to the Sigma Quattro and it starts to look soft and mushy.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (898 comments in total)

So Sigma Quattro is still the benchmark in terms of depth and clarity... nice..

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 22:07 UTC as 187th comment | 3 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)
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razadaz: This reminds me of the arguments for CRT monitors vs early flatscreen LED monitors. Not many CRTs around nowadays.

Yes, the better analogy would be looking through a window at a scene outside, compared to looking at an LCD screen mounted to the wall with the same scene on it.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 01:23 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

'You perpetuate racism and sexism for the official purpose of defeating it'

This x1000
Samuel Cs behaviour is dangerous for society. Women haven't asked for nor do they need his kind of extreme chivalrous support.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 18:47 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

'If a person witnesses a trend of unfair treatment and those on the receiving end leaving a profession in much higher numbers, trying to counter that unfairness is natural.'

Of course it's natural and it's to be commended.
But what is not being taken into account is that the directory found 500+ female photojournalists in a 6-8 month period, and they all have 5+ years work experience in the industry (stated on the website)
Why are we not exploring how these women were given jobs in the first place and continued to work for 5 years when the claim suggests a trend that doesn't allow this to happen?

Re: The color of someones skin.
Over 75% of American people identify as white. If you want American journalists to represent and come from the same background as their audience, then I'm afraid they'll have to be predominantly white. Pushing in any other direction is asking for misrepresentation.

Yes, I'm sure discrimination exists. But how much and where?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 02:33 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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fmian: The concept of having a diverse range of viewpoints present among journalists and saying you want/expect them to output different results based on personal reasons undermines the very code of journalistic integrity.

Namely the requirement to remain objective while on the job. If anything personal about a journalist affects the output then they are introducing bias into the equation. That is BAD for journalism.

I can see where the choice of gender may be important, but never to see a different viewpoint. It should always be an objective viewpoint.

No specific real world examples for why/when/how one gender may be more suitable than the other are given or asked for in or this interview. For it to be conducted and published in order to help the cause without realising it asks to dissemble journalistic integrity is a real let down.

On the up side, the comments section here is an insight into the broader publics thoughts on the matter and reading most of them gives me hope.

Pfft.. I never said those things were over.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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fmian: The concept of having a diverse range of viewpoints present among journalists and saying you want/expect them to output different results based on personal reasons undermines the very code of journalistic integrity.

Namely the requirement to remain objective while on the job. If anything personal about a journalist affects the output then they are introducing bias into the equation. That is BAD for journalism.

I can see where the choice of gender may be important, but never to see a different viewpoint. It should always be an objective viewpoint.

No specific real world examples for why/when/how one gender may be more suitable than the other are given or asked for in or this interview. For it to be conducted and published in order to help the cause without realising it asks to dissemble journalistic integrity is a real let down.

On the up side, the comments section here is an insight into the broader publics thoughts on the matter and reading most of them gives me hope.

Interesting..

What Samuel has attempted to do (unsuccessfully) is fabricate a narrative of discrimination from my dialogue in order to paint himself a world where damsels are in distress and he can try to save them.

As he is unable to draw a reasonable objection to my statements, he can only take from his own subconscious beliefs and states nonsense like:

'The inability of the male psyche to recognize and understand experiences females deal with on a daily basis is well documented.'

and

'Men and women, whether for genetic or cultural reasons, do see the world differently.'

To build himself up as godlike he then states the following,

'That's why I listen to women, assume their opinions and experiences might be correct, observe the nuances of the world as they see it...'

.. claiming he can do the things that he previously told us no men are capable of.

At this point we can clearly see he is only arguing with himself.

A great example of cognitive dissonance in effect.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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fmian: The concept of having a diverse range of viewpoints present among journalists and saying you want/expect them to output different results based on personal reasons undermines the very code of journalistic integrity.

Namely the requirement to remain objective while on the job. If anything personal about a journalist affects the output then they are introducing bias into the equation. That is BAD for journalism.

I can see where the choice of gender may be important, but never to see a different viewpoint. It should always be an objective viewpoint.

No specific real world examples for why/when/how one gender may be more suitable than the other are given or asked for in or this interview. For it to be conducted and published in order to help the cause without realising it asks to dissemble journalistic integrity is a real let down.

On the up side, the comments section here is an insight into the broader publics thoughts on the matter and reading most of them gives me hope.

'You relayed a SECOND HAND anecdote'
So did the person who published this interview.

'and chose that male narrative as more true than the experience of the woman'
Nothing I wrote suggests that. You're trying to enforce a gender imbalance where there is none.

'You don’t think such consideration could allow you to be unsympathetic to women.'
Why would it? I hope it allows me to be unsympathetic to all types of people.

'The burden of proof for a woman.. so insanely high.. never get anything done trying to meet it.'
Well.. I believe her, so you're making a totally false statement.

'The inability of the male psyche'
What about the inability of the female psyche?

'turn the creative human mind into a computer'
How did you come up with this? lol

'Men and women.. genetic.. do see the world differently.'
So a newborn male and female open their eyes for the first time and they see things differently? Proof please.

You are so unaware of your own sexism that it's kind of scary.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 15:36 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)

The concept of having a diverse range of viewpoints present among journalists and saying you want/expect them to output different results based on personal reasons undermines the very code of journalistic integrity.

Namely the requirement to remain objective while on the job. If anything personal about a journalist affects the output then they are introducing bias into the equation. That is BAD for journalism.

I can see where the choice of gender may be important, but never to see a different viewpoint. It should always be an objective viewpoint.

No specific real world examples for why/when/how one gender may be more suitable than the other are given or asked for in or this interview. For it to be conducted and published in order to help the cause without realising it asks to dissemble journalistic integrity is a real let down.

On the up side, the comments section here is an insight into the broader publics thoughts on the matter and reading most of them gives me hope.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 13:46 UTC as 17th comment | 8 replies
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I really can't embrace any sort of gender exclusionary hiring or commerce, and this online listing site is, by definition, gender exclusionary. This isn't a progressive idea, just an exact mirror image of traditional patriarchy.

The site itself is a mess in terms of coding. It just doesn't display in Firefox, which is inexcusable.

The displayed works are of generally poor quality, with typically poor compositions and heavy handed post processing, although the exploitative subject matter is uniquely deplorable. You have photos that exploit people with disabilities, most notable a number of fetishistic amputee photos. Other photos exploit poverty, without any discernible respect for the subjects.

Is there something wrong with using anecdotal evidence to explore rational?
Note that I did say 'maybe' rather than form a conclusion.

The very reason this women's directory exists is also because of the creators personal anecdotes. Not from any broad study. Why didn't you point that out before pointing mine out?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I really can't embrace any sort of gender exclusionary hiring or commerce, and this online listing site is, by definition, gender exclusionary. This isn't a progressive idea, just an exact mirror image of traditional patriarchy.

The site itself is a mess in terms of coding. It just doesn't display in Firefox, which is inexcusable.

The displayed works are of generally poor quality, with typically poor compositions and heavy handed post processing, although the exploitative subject matter is uniquely deplorable. You have photos that exploit people with disabilities, most notable a number of fetishistic amputee photos. Other photos exploit poverty, without any discernible respect for the subjects.

I just asked my friend what the male to female ratio was for photojournalists at his workplace. He organises the photography events at a major conglomerate news outlet here in Sydney.
Answer: 50/50

So if there is an issue with female photographers in New York as the interview states, maybe New York is the problem and not white men.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 23:28 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I really can't embrace any sort of gender exclusionary hiring or commerce, and this online listing site is, by definition, gender exclusionary. This isn't a progressive idea, just an exact mirror image of traditional patriarchy.

The site itself is a mess in terms of coding. It just doesn't display in Firefox, which is inexcusable.

The displayed works are of generally poor quality, with typically poor compositions and heavy handed post processing, although the exploitative subject matter is uniquely deplorable. You have photos that exploit people with disabilities, most notable a number of fetishistic amputee photos. Other photos exploit poverty, without any discernible respect for the subjects.

Look, I'm glad we're able to have a relatively civilized discussion on this.

Wanted to quickly point out that I don't actually have a problem with there being a female directory. There are valid situations where one gender would be better suited than the other.

My qualm is with the fact there was no mention of those situations to validate the directory. She could have used this opportunity to focus on positive change rather than bring criticism to it because of the words and phrases she used.

So yeah, we appear to both want equal treatment and rights for people. I just don't think this woman has the right attitude to achieve that.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

Correction on that last line.
'More factors than just unfair treatment due to stereotype.'

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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brn: Should we all split up into our sub-groups and only work with those in the same sub-group? Is that OK?

I went to a lecture recently on how to properly address gender / race / etc issues from a legal perspective. In summary the advice was, NEVER take gender / race / etc into account. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Intentionally segregating, like this directory does, creates more problems than it solves.

@ bobbar 'My wife of 17 years is a Latina...cont'
I have white skin. The rest of my family doesn't. My name is typical of one Middle Eastern country. I was born in another Middle Eastern country. My parents came from a South East Asian country. I spent most of my life in Australia and adopted this countries accent, although some say it sounds British or NZ.
I don't look or talk like anything stereotypical of any race. Yet without fail I will be followed around and stopped and bag searched whenever I fly through airports. I can wholeheartedly say that I've never felt discriminated against in my entire life. At the airport they're just doing their jobs and maintaining security and I understand that because I don't expect people to discriminate against me.

Just my perspective.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

I was referring to Australia because my search engine is set here and it brings up AU relevant stuff. The article doesn't specify region of the world for the database.

'They're beating the US, but still not up to the 50% of population that is female'
The thing is, working towards equality doesn't necessarily mean you're going to end up seeing a 1:1 ratio of gender in every workforce. It's about allowing people to have the same opportunities, and then they make the choice that they want to and not be judged either way.
See Sweden for example. The most gender neutral country in the world. Feminist government. Anti gender discrimination laws.
Yet they've seen a decline in numbers of women in government over the last 15-20 years. And the gender pay gap sees women earning 87 cents to the dollar there. ie. It's a much broader and complex issue than the usual news headline chatter suggests.
Suffice to say, there are many more factors involved than just stereotype.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
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